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Interwoven Weaves .NET Into Content

Weaving a Web services web into its content management software, Interwoven 6, Interwoven officials announced the inclusion of .NET support in its developer toolkit.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., company is one of a handful who have tied its client-based content management software into the two main Web services frameworks: Microsoft's .NET and Sun Microsystem's J2EE .

With the Interwoven SDK, developers can now customize their applications with .NET framework tools. The support will be available next week, when the company makes ContentServices 2.0 generally available. CS 2.0 is what officials at Interwoven call the "most comprehensive" services-oriented architecture for integrating enterprise applications, letting .NET developers integrate content management into custom portals, CRM and ERP applications.

Bringing the two competing Web services frameworks into Interwoven's SDK was made possible through the WSDL 1.1 specification, a time-consuming process despite the many similarities between Java and C# , the object-oriented programming languages behind J2EE and .Net.

Darren Knipp, Interwoven group product manager, said his company has spent the past 12-18 months working on its code to bring .NET onto their platform, a process that was relatively painless.

"We've taken care of most of that through our adherence to the WSDL 1.1 specification and testing to make sure our data types were compatible with the way the .NET framework looks at them," Knipp said. "There's a couple of tools within the .NET framework to convert our WSDLs and convert them to one of the supported languages, either Visual Basic or C#. Or within Visual Studio .Net, you can just add a Web preference to move the URL to one of our WSDL files and then you can use the Web preference to include in the source code."

In addition to the Web services support, Interwoven now enjoys better access to Microsoft's Office, SQL Server, IIS and Commerce Server products.

The end result is broad support for .NET and J2EE in their toolkits, something many customers don't really understand but are becoming much more interested use.

"So far, from our customer's standpoint, they're not really at the leading edge as far as Web services adoption, they're more content management customers per se," Knipp said. "But over the past three or four months, as we started talking about our upcoming release of Content Services 2.0, we've seen a dramatic increase in their interest in Web services as a whole.

"I really think it's more of them getting used to the market, and the fact that Web services are here to stay and that if they want a program in Java or a program in C Sharp our Web services toolkit will eliminate a lot of the plumbing chores that are typically necessary to do that," he added.

Interwoven will also release an upgraded TeamSite, version 6, next week in conjunction with ContentServices 2.0. TeamSite lets developers manipulate any type of content now including, of course, Visual Basic, C# and ASP filetypes.